“America as the new Scandinavia”

Question:

That’s right. That’s right. And what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong when you have more income and wealth equality? What’s wrong when they have a stronger middle class in many ways than we do, higher minimum wage than we do, and they are stronger on the environment than we do? Look, the fact of the matter is, we do a lot in our country, which is good, but we can learn from other countries. (Bernie Sanders)

Democratic politicians, and especially the furthest-left ones like Sanders, have always been more open to the Scandinavian example than others—but it’s been a long time since anyone so liberal has achieved Sanders’s prominence nationally. It’s especially unusual for any Republican to follow suit, but Jeb Bush did just that when he returned from a jaunt to Europe, marveling at technological innovation in government services: “You can fill out your tax return in Estonia online in five minutes.” (Yahoo)
Is the U.S. Ready to Become Scandinavia? (Yahoo.com)

Answer:

Dare we dream? America as the new Scandinavia (HotAir.com)

Dare we dream? America as the new Scandinavia Greece.

It’s called learning from history – and other countries.

— Athos on August 2, 2015 at 1:04 PM, comment thread in repose to the above article

Ah, the Nordic “model”, as Reason.com points out: “A touch too much in the way of conformity, high taxes, and “benign totalitarianism”.

And Sweden is trying to privatize large parts of it’s industry, Finland has pretty much let Nokia die after selling large parts of it to Microsoft (Mariana Mazzucato can’t be reached for comment).

A lot of ink has been spilled and a lot of memes and pictures on the internets been used to say that America should be more like Scandinavia. Mostly so the young liberals can live like teenagers.

The problem is paying for all of it.  Even Scandinavia is trying to find out how to pay for all that socialism, unlike Greece.

The Iron Lady on socialism.

The Iron Lady on socialism.

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